What are the most important life lessons one can learn from running?
1. Breakfast IS NOT the most important meal of the day. I trained for a marathon in the mornings and ran for several hours at a time – without eating breakfast. *** is the body’s ‘natural’ and preferred source of energy – not carbs or proteins – and this was what ‘fueled’ me on most of my runs.
2. Life is quite simple. Whether it’s running a marathon or going for a 10-minute run, it doesn’t matter. What it comes down to is putting one foot in front of the other.
Showing up. Getting Started. Doing the work.
It’s that simple. This concept applies to ANYTHING you want to accomplish in life. Break down your goals into the smallest steps possible and just keep taking those steps until you get to where you want to be.
3. Consistency. As long as you keep showing up and taking action, you will get better.
It’s a no brainer.
If you want to be a better writer, artist, musician, or athlete, show up and be consistent.
‘We are what we repeatedly do.’
4. Life is ALL a mental game. Your body and feet might be aching with pain as they *** at you screaming at the top of their lungs telling you to stop and slow down, but if your mind refuses to listen, your body will continue to obey.
5. You only have as much energy as you use. The most productive period in my life was when I was training for the marathon. It could have been a coincidence but I highly doubt it when I reflect back.
When you can run for 3+ hours in one sitting, I think it would make it much easier to work for 3 hours straight as well.
6. People who love eating really should run (or do any other cardio-intensive sport). As I was training for my marathon I was living in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a month and I would regularly visit the same restaurant to eat, especially after my long runs.
I would go there and order 3 main meals along with a smoothie.
After several visits, a waitress advised how I shouldn’t keep eating like this because I would get ***.